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Democratic Governors Association Sues Connecticut Over Campaign Finance Restrictions (April 23, 2014, 07:31 PM)

On April 23, the Democratic Governors Association filed a federal lawsuit against certain Connnecticut campaign finance laws. The Association wants to make independent expenditures this year in support of Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy, a Democrat who is running for re-election. The lawsuit says that Connecticut laws on independent expenditures provide that spending isn’t “independent” if

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Oklahoma Senate Passes Bill Lowering Number of Signatures for Newly-Qualifying Parties (April 23, 2014, 04:31 PM)

On April 23, the Oklahoma Senate passed HB 2134 by a vote of 28-16. The bill had already passed the House, but because the Senate added some additional provisions, it must return to the House. Here is the text of the amended bill. The bill lowers the number of signatures for a newly-qualifying party from

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U.S. Supreme Court Hears Case Against Ohio Law Criminalizing False Statements in Election Campaigns (April 23, 2014, 04:23 PM)

On April 22, the U.S. Supreme Court heard Susan B. Anthony List v Driehaus, 13-193. The issue is the constitutionality of an Ohio law that makes it a criminal offense for anyone to spend money on a statement about a candidate or ballot measure that the state considers false. The lower federal courts had refused

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California Constitutional Amendment to Eliminate Special Legislative Elections Advances (April 23, 2014, 04:06 PM)

On April 23, the California Senate Elections Committee passed SCA 16, a proposed state constitutional amendment. The amendment says when there is a vacancy in the legislature, there won’t be a special election, and the Governor will appoint someone from the same party. If the empty seat had been held by an independent, the Governor

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South Carolina Supreme Court Will Hear Libertarian Case Over Nominations on April 24 (April 23, 2014, 03:59 PM)

On April 23, the South Carolina Supreme Court agreed to hear South Carolina Libertarian Party v South Carolina State Election Commission, 2014-000775. The hearing will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 24. The issue is the validity and meaning of SB 2, passed in 2013. It says that if parties want to nominate by

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Well-Known Hawaii Environmentalist Will Seek Libertarian Gubernatorial Nomination (April 23, 2014, 02:05 AM)

Jeff Davis, a Hawaii radio host and environmentalist, will seek the Libertarian nomination for Governor. See this story. The primary is August 9. Davis only needs 25 signatures to get on the primary ballot.


New California Registration Data: The Only Two Parties with Fewer Members are the Democratic and Republican Parties (April 23, 2014, 01:39 AM)

On April 22, the California Secretary of State released new voter registration data. The new data is as of April 4, 2014; the previous tally was for December 31, 2013. The new figures, compared to the previous tally, show that all five of California’s minor parties have more registrations than they had previously. Also the

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Incumbent New Mexico Legislator Removed from Primary Ballot Due to Failing to File 78 Valid Signatures (April 22, 2014, 09:50 AM)

On April 21, a New Mexico state representative was removed from the June 3 primary ballot, because a court determined that her petition lacked the required 78 valid signatures. Sandra Jeff, a Democrat, submitted 91 signatures, but her petition was challenged, and found to include only 68 valid signatures. See this story.


Kentucky Legislature Adjourns Without Having Passed Bill to Let Candidates Run for President and U.S. Senate in Same Year (April 21, 2014, 03:35 PM)

On April 18, the Kentucky legislature adjourned, without having passed SB 205, which would have let U.S. Senator Rand Paul run for re-election in 2016 even if he is also running for the Republican presidential nomination. See this story. Kentucky, like most states, holds legislative elections this year. The Senate has a Republican majority and

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Ohio Libertarian Party Files Supplemental Letter with Sixth Circuit, in Readiness for April 22 Hearing (April 21, 2014, 02:58 PM)

The Sixth Circuit will hear Libertarian Party of Ohio v Husted at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22. The Sixth Circuit isn’t sitting this week, so the hearing will be on the telephone, with all participants being included in a conference call. On April 18, the Libertarian Party filed a supplemental letter with the court,

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